What Is Tire Dry Rot?
Over time, tires can lose their tread and eventually need to be replaced. However, you may need a new set of tires before they even start balding. This could be from a development of dry rot that shouldn’t be ignored.
What is tire dry rot, though, and what can you do if it forms on your tires? We’ll explain all that below in this guide from Boardwalk Acura. After reading, don’t hesitate to contact us with questions or to schedule service near Egg Harbor, Atlantic City, and Vineland.
What Causes Tires to Dry Rot?
When tires have dry rot, it means they’ve decayed from old age or being exposed to harmful substances.
To be more specific, tires can form dry rot from:
- Corrosive chemicals like motor oil and industrial cleaning products
- Direct sunlight that could expose the tires to harmful UV rays
- Extremely high or low temperatures
- Long periods of disuse
What Tire Dry Rot Looks Like
Tire dry rot is more commonly known as sidewall cracking. Not only can you see cracks on the tire’s tread and sidewall, you may also notice the tire becoming brittle or faded in color.
Dry rot will dry out your tires. So, when the oils are pulled out of the tires, they’ll start to feel brittle. You may even find pieces of rubber breaking off the tire.
The tires on your Acura may even start to look more gray than black. This could happen before or in conjunction with the cracking. If the color changes, there’s a good chance that it’s from dry rot.
Tire Dry Rot Prevention
You may be wondering, then, how to keep tires from dry rotting. One thing you could do is keep your Acura parked out of direct sunlight and in mild temperatures, if possible. It’s ideal if you can park it inside a garage. If you have to keep it outside, keep the whole car covered or purchase tire covers to help protect them.
You’ll also want to keep corrosive cleaning solutions, heaters, or electrical equipment away from the automobile, as they can all cause dry rot to form.
Finally, you’ll want to make sure to drive your car regularly. However, if you have seasonal vehicles, RVs, or anything else that doesn’t get driven regularly, make sure to at least turn it on every few days. Keep it clean, too, and covered, so that the tires don’t get dry rot.
Repairing Dry Rot
If dry rot has started to form on your tires, they’ll need to be repaired right away. If the damage is minor, you can use a tire sealant to fix it.
Take a degreaser product and rub it over the tires. Then, be sure to rinse it thoroughly and rub with a dry cloth until most of the water and all the degreaser is gone. Let the tires air dry completely, and then use a protector product to give it a nice seal for an added layer of protection.
Keep in mind, though, that there’s a short window of time to perform this service before the tire becomes unsafe to use. If too much dry rot has formed, the tire will need to be replaced.
Schedule Tire Dry Rot Repair Today
It’s crucial to take care of tire dry rot before it completely damages the tire. So, if you find dry rot in the tires of your Acura, don’t wait. Schedule service at Boardwalk Acura right away.
We’ll repair or replace the tires as necessary, and get you back on the roads of Egg Harbor, Atlantic City, and Vineland again in no time!